Bring “Striped Bass Magic” to Secondary School Classrooms with New Outreach Program

January 31st, 2018 @

Striped bass have a lot to teach us, not only about themselves but about ecosystems, food webs, and changing climate. Steven Zottoli, Adjunct Senior Scientist at MBL, hopes to bring these lessons to middle- and high-school classrooms through a new outreach program based at MBL. His web site,, features information on the striped bass and its […]

Seventeen Research and Innovation Milestones in 2017 | UChicago News

January 16th, 2018 @

By Diana Kenney This past year brought us the invention of an oil-soaking sponge, the detection of gravitational waves from two colliding neutron stars, innovative methods for making thinner semiconductors, the launch of several research-based startups, insight into how the developing brain forms memories, and a look back at the first controlled, self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction. […]

The Era of Big Seaweed is Upon Us | Medill Reports Chicago

January 12th, 2018 @

By Rebecca Fanning On the southern coast of Puerto Rico, there’s a place where abandoned sugar plantations dot the shoreline, residents of illegal homes dump waste directly into the ocean and blooms of green algae rise to the surface, a visual reminder of the water pollution that’s present here. Known to many as one of […]

Camouflaging Sea Life Inspires Student Art Project | Falmouth Enterprise

December 27th, 2017 @

By Andrea F. Carter Falmouth High School students turned to the camouflaging capabilities of cephalopods for an abstract art project this month. Jane F. Baker’s advanced art class welcomed Marine Biological Laboratory scientist Roger T. Hanlon in early December to talk about his work with octopuses, squid and cuttlefish, which can change their skin color […]

MBL Scientific Community Reaches Out After Hurricane | Cape Cod Times

December 26th, 2017 @

By Christine Legere WOODS HOLE — Neurobiologist Bruno Marie never considered clearing out of Puerto Rico in September, even though the expected track of Hurricane Maria put it directly over the island. On Sept. 20, the 48-year-old scientist, along with his wife and two children, hunkered down in their San Juan condominium, which is constructed […]

MBL Study is Among the “Top Ten Ocean Stories of 2017” | Smithsonian Magazine

December 18th, 2017 @

By Diana Kenney Cephalopod research by the MBL’s Joshua Rosenthal has been chosen as one of the “Top Ten Ocean Stories of 2017” by Smithsonian Magazine. Last spring, Rosenthal and colleagues reported in Cell on the prolific amount of RNA editing (at the expense of DNA evolution) they had discovered in squid, octopus, and cuttlefish. […]

MBL Research Featured in Inaugural UChicago Science Newsletter

November 9th, 2017 @

UChicago’s Alumni Relations and Development Communications team recently launched a monthly science e-newsletter,  μChicago, that offers a glimpse into the labs, fields, and minds of UChicago scientists, mathematicians, and engineers. The first issue, focused on cephalopods, features the work of MBL faculty and staff. The first issue, A Sucker for Science, features the work of Roger […]

Microscopy Technologies Invented at MBL to Be Augmented with New Grant

November 7th, 2017 @

By Diana Kenney. The National Institutes of Health has awarded a grant to MBL Associate Scientist Michael Shribak to further develop two microscopy techniques that were invented at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL): quantitative orientation-independent differential interference contrast (OI-DIC) and polarized light microscopy. Read more>>

Inspired by Octopus Skin, Engineers Develop a Programmable “Camouflaging” Material

November 6th, 2017 @

By Diana Kenney. WOODS HOLE, Mass.—For the octopus and cuttlefish, instantaneously changing their skin color and pattern to disappear into the environment is just part of their camouflage prowess. These animals can also swiftly and reversibly morph their skin into a textured, 3D surface, giving the animal a ragged outline that mimics seaweed, coral, or […]

Microscope Invented at MBL Reveals Density of Chromosomal “Dark Matter”

September 27th, 2017 @

By Diana Kenney. Using a microscope invented at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), a collaborative team of biologists, instrument developers, and computational scientists has for the first time measured the density of a relatively inscrutable, highly condensed form of chromosomal material that appears in the cells of human beings and other eukaryotes. MBL scientists Michael […]